Comics Speculator: OMG! They’ve Killed Donatello! and the Amazing Spider-Gwen?

I’m back, taking another look into the world of hot comics and giving you the skinny on whether you should buy or sell. This past week IDW whipped up a firestorm in the pages of TMNT, Spider-Gwen (yes you read that right) continues to heat up. But before we get started, BEWARE: HERE THERE BE SPOILERS!!! You’ve been warned…

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44, IDW, 2015

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44, IDW, 2015

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44, IDW, 2015, Variant

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44, IDW, 2015, Variant

IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series has been garnering both critical acclaim and fan adoration since its launch in 2011. The series has recaptured the love of old fans (like myself)—who longed for the more serious and violent TMNT stories of the ’80s—and younger fans who grew up with the pizza-eating wise-guys of the ’90s animated show. With issue #44 (part four of the “Attack on the Technodrome” storyline) IDW has done something unheard of. THEY KILLED DONATELLO!

Now, I know what you’re thinking—and my editor asked me the same thing: “Is he ‘dead-dead or just dead?”

The pivotal scene, on page 24 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44… is Donatello really dead?

The pivotal scene, on page 24 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44… is Donatello really dead?

Well, it’s hard to know in this day and age, with heroes constantly dying off only to return a short while later. But I will say this isn’t a trick that’s been used in the pages of TMNT. IDW has announced that the current TMNT series will be ending with issue #50, but it’s impossible not to expect another relaunch. Will Donnie be there? Are the turtle-boys a power-trio from here on out? It’s anyone’s guess, but fans are taking this death very seriously.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44, IDW, 2015

Why it’s hot: I just told you (see above)…

Buy or Sell: Copies of #44 sold out immediately with the news of Donatello’s death and were instantly selling for $15 and up. As of this today (March 25), copies were selling on eBay anywhere from $35 to $50. Copies of the 1:10 variant are selling as high as $135 and even the upcoming second printing is starting to see higher than cover price. This one is hot as hell, right now. But I don’t see this issue going much higher in price and my guess is it’ll start to come down in price later this week. If you have a copy, sell it now.


So, as we were saying earlier, in comics there’s dead, and then there’s dead-dead. Over at Marvel, Spider-Gwen is the latest sensation and it sees Spidey’s deceased girlfriend Gwen Stacy (from a different dimension of course) in the role of Spider-Man. Or Woman… Girl… Person… Whatever. The point is, Gwen turned out to be a huge hit with fans; so much so that Marvel under-printed her first appearance from the Spider-Verse prequel (the most recent Spider-Man event story) and now prices are downright out of hand.

Edge of Spider-Verse #2, Marvel

Edge of Spider-Verse #2, Marvel

Edge of Spider-Verse #2, Marvel, 2014:

Why it’s hot: This is the first appearance of Gwen as Spider-Woman of her Earth. Marvel has another book titled “Spider-Woman,” so her ongoing title is called Spider-Gwen. I could go into the multiversal aspects of the story from which she emerged, but explanations of Spider-Verse have led to seizures in the uninitiated. So, let’s just say that her Earth is slightly different than Peter Parker’s, but still inhabited with many of the same characters but in different roles. Foaming at the mouth yet? The recent launch of Gwen’s new series fueled fan’s excitement even more and now, if you want to pick up her first appearance, it’s going to cost you at least $80. Not for the variant… not a signed copy… The first-printing of Edge of Spider-Verse #2 (cover price $3.99), from December of last year, is selling for more than $80. Copies of Spider-Gwen #1, which hit stands last month, are already selling for $10 and look to be going up from there.

Buy or Sell: It’s hard to know what to do with this one. Gwen could be the flavor of the month, but I have a feeling that Marvel sees its hit gold here and I wouldn’t expect Gwen to stay in her alternate reality for long. Remember, there’s a big reality smashing event coming up this May and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Gwen take the place of our current Spider-Woman, Jessica Jones, a character Marvel has continually had problems with when it came to sales on her various solo series. Gwen may just be the Spider-Woman of the future and if she continues to win over fans, $80 might be a drop in the bucket. Buy it.


Matt Baum is Worthpoint’s comic book Worthologist and Co-Host of the Two-Headed Nerd Comic Book Podcast. If you have questions about these comics or any others feel free to post them in the comments section below or hit him up on Twitter, where he’s constantly yelling about stuff even nerdier than what you just read.

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